Students from Carmi Taekwondo Center gathered to compete against students from around the tri-state at the ATA Region 106 tournament held at North Jr. High School in Evansville, IN and hosted by Brice’s ATA Black Belt Academy on Saturday, September 21. 

Kheyanna Riley, Valorie Mutter, Carl Hineman, Brandi Hineman, Brook Hineman, Jaelynn Abell, Jerry Richards and Patty Mills of Carmi Taekwondo Center were among the competitors. 

Riley competed in the 13-14 year old beginner division earning 2nd Place in Forms and 1st Place in One-step Sparring. Mutter brought home 2nd Place in both Forms and One-step Sparring competitions in the 30-39 year old beginner division. Bro. and Bra. Hineman competed in the 13-14 year old intermediate division.  Bro. brought home 2nd Place in Forms and Sparring while Bra. earned top honors placing 1st in both Forms and Sparring divisions. Abell placed 2nd in Forms and 1st in Sparring in the 8 and under intermediate division, while C. Hineman earned 1st Place in Forms and 3rd Place in Sparring in the men’s 40-49 year old intermediate division. Richards claimed 2nd Place in both Forms and Sparring events in the 40-49 year old women’s 2nd & 3rd Degree Black Belt division while Mills took 1st Place in Forms, Weapons, Sparring and Combat Sparring in the 60-69 year old 4th & 5th Degree Black Belt division. 

American Taekwondo Association tournaments are controlled competitive environments that allow practitioners to display and improve their skills in a safe environment. Although some may think it is all about "who is better", that is only a part of their purpose in Songahm Taekwondo.

Tournaments are not just for a trophy. They allow members to meet new people, make new friends, put nerves to the test, and display skills. By focusing on these purposes, it is very possible to be happy whether one wins or loses. 

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